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When and Where
  • 10/9/2023 9:00 AM EDT
  • 10/10/2023 4:30 PM EDT
  • Cornish College of the Artsl Notion Building
  • Seattle
  • Washington

Intermediate track is a classroom, PPT, and demonstration-based class for those familiar with rigging basics and the safe operation of a counter weight system or those who have taken the Entry Level course and seek to advance their skills.

The two-day curriculum covers design factor, physics of loads and forces, truss basics, bridle rigging and more...


Digital handout guided by the PowerPoint presentation.

Mid-morning break of coffee, bagels/donuts, fruit

An invitation to USITT's Launch Party to immediately follow the end of class on day two. Join USITT in welcoming local industry partners to a cocktail reception where we'll discuss and celebrate USITT's upcoming conference in Seattle, March 20 - 23, 2024.

This class qualifies for 12 ETCP renewal credits.

Curriculum to be covered

  • Review of Breaking Strength, Design Factor, Working Load Limit
  • Physics of Loads and Forces
  • Beam Loading and Cantilevers
  • Truss Basics – inspection and general principles
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Bridle Rigging
  • Overview of basic automation controls
  • Out of balance loading situations for counter weight systems
  • Where the rules come from - Codes, Standards, and Risk Management

Ed Leahy – Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Chicago Flyhouse, Inc. ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena & Theatre, ETCP Recognized Trainer

Shane Kelly – Head of Theatre Technology, The Theatre School at DePaul University and President Shane Kelly Rigging. ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena & Theatre, ETCP Recognized Trainer. He is the co-author (with Jay O. Glerum) of the upcoming 4th edition of the Stage Rigging Handbook.